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Concept maps and visualisation as a means of triangulation in management accounting and control research

  • Purpose Interpretive research in management accounting and control provides rich insights from empirically based studies, but it has been criticised for lacking generalisability and potential subjectivity. On the latter, triangulation is useful, and this paper aims to offer some insights on a triangulation technique thus far not commonly reported in management accounting/control research. Design/methodology/approach Drawing on a study of the roles of management accountants in performance management systems, this paper offers some insights from empirical experiences on the use of concept maps as a tool to assist triangulation and improve understanding of complex empirical phenomena. Findings The concept maps as utilised revealed additional insights which were not recounted by interviewees during the normal interview time. This is a potentially important finding for consideration of future researchers. Practical implications In this paper, how concept maps were used is detailed, and it is hoped that future researchers will find their use beneficial in interview settings. Originality/value Thus far, concept maps seem under-utilised in management accounting and control research. This paper gives some initial insights on how they may be used in case study settings.

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Author of HS ReutlingenBrüsch, Antje
Erschienen in:Qualitative research in accounting & management : QRAM
Place of publication:Bingley
Document Type:Article
Year of Publication:2022
Tag:concept maps; interpretive research; performance management systems
Page Number:14
First Page:217
Last Page:230
DDC classes:650 Management
Open Access?:Nein
Licence (English):License Logo  Lizenzbedingungen Emerald